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In the unlikely event that you peel off your problem, land with ease on the R3.

Ankles sure come in handy when you're working an elusive boulder problem, which is why the Mad Rock R3 Crash Pad protects your valuable climbing assets with ferocious dedication and recycled foam. This eco-conscious pad makes an excellent second pad for complicated landings, so you can keep that random rock from ruining your day.
  • Small size makes this an excellent satelite pad
  • Recycled foam protects the earth while protecting your ankles
  • Minimalist design eliminates useless features to keep cost from skyrocketing

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5 5

Big and Beautiful

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this pad for 2 main reasons:
1) good suspension system
2) flexible around rock's, roots, and trees

What I found after using it was that it was very comfy to fall on, of which I did many times. Often suddenly and unannounced. It also has a great wrap feature for the bottom and side to that it doesn't lose anything you packed into it. Two downfalls, it's very heavy, and the taco fold make it very bulky. However, the suspension system handles the weight very well. No matter what, it's still a big pad (as can be seen in the attached picture. It take up most of the space in my hatch. If this is the only pad you're going to bring however, it's a very good one. It molds around trees and rocks like no bodies business. I've taken some really big falls (7 feet onto my hip) with minimum discomfort. It's really a great pad if protection is hard to come by, and if you're going solo to a boulder field. It's not great for long hikes to unknown boulders +2 miles from the car because that weight will start to wear on you. So, if what you are looking for is a 1 pad wonder, this one is for you. If you are looking for an arsenal of pads, then this might not be the best one for you. Overall great pad, it saves your bum, side, legs, and head.

Big and Beautiful

I have had this pad for a couple of years...

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I have had this pad for a couple of years and I just moved into an apartment with limited space. Does anyone have a good idea on how to store this? I have a closet that it could fit into, but that's about it. I feel like it's just too heavy to hang, that's my biggest problem. Thanks!

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Hey Luke,

If you are trying to get the pad out of sight you could always store this under the bed or behind your tv stand. Otherwise if you are still thinking about hanging it look into securing it to the wall with toggle bolts. This pad is only 18 lbs, I have hung heavier cabinets then that directly to drywall and haven't had any fall on me yet.

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Thanks for the idea. I ended up using 4 eye-bolts sub-flush to the corners with a bungee cord to stand it up flat up against the wall of my closet. Works like a charm, and easy to access.

How long before the mad rock r3 pad will...

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How long before the mad rock r3 pad will be back in stock?

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Nate,

It looks like we have several orders of the Mad Rock R3 Crash Pad coming in from MR throughout May. You should see these pads available on our site again some time this week.

5 5

Good primary pad

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this as an addition to my friends bouldering pads and soon found it was our favorite, it is a much softer catch than the others we have used and I love that it conforms over rock or branches instead of sitting angled. It is a little heavier than other pads but I am always willing to hall that extra weight up with me for the peace of mind that it gives me knowing its not got to pop up like a seesaw when I land on it.

5 5

Must have for your bouldering quiver

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This pad is essential for any boulderer. The baffles allow it to conform perfectly over uneven terrain. Some of my local boulders are on rocky, slanted ground and I always make sure to bring this pad. It's a pretty soft pad and medium sized, good for average falls. The fabric feels really tough, not at all like other Mad Rock pads which seem to wear out fast. The baffled design lets it fold up like a taco pad but without permanently deforming it.

Another reason you definitely want this pad is that it is THE pad for lugging the rest of your gear. This thing can carry an unbelievable amount of stuff. And even if you can't fit everything inside the pad, there are two lines of webbing with numerous clip-in points on the outside. I feel like this is probably the best way to pack gear for sport climbs that don't have too long of an approach; you can carry everything with the pad, and you have some padding for any surprise second-clip falls. The straps feel very comfortable for carrying the pad on your back for quite a long ways.

Must have for your bouldering quiver
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Hey john, where is that climbing spot? It looks like an awesome place to get some bouldering in!

Is this the new 18lb Version?

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Is this the new 18lb Version?

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It is indeed the 18lb version. Check out this review on Outdoor Gear Lab (http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/Bouldering-Crash-Pad-Reviews/Mad-Rock-R3).

4 5

Great idea and a really good pad

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The pad is well made. Very tough construction and it is great that it uses what is viewed as waste from other pads. It holds a ton of gear. Whether you stuff your shoes or a bag in it, all of it will stay in there for the approach. A little heavy and decent straps may limit some people. Covers the landing well especially if there are random edges to be concerned with. Overall, it is a really good pad.

5 5

best pad on the market

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's like having all the cushion of a bounce house, all rolled up into a 4 1/2 X 3 foot space.
Pros:
-It's 18 lbs, enough to warm you up on your walk into the boulders
-its made out of tough 1680 D polyester fabric: probably enough to stop a bullet (or at least many failed attempts on a climb)
-it makes even the worst landings like getting into a pillow fight
-you can carry everything! Enough room once its folded to fit the boulder you had just been climbing! Not really, but it does have plenty of room for a gallon of water, shoes, chalk pot, lunch, and a zip pocket to store your keys, wallet, etc.
-the cost!

cons: i wish that it had a velcro system so that you could velcro it to another R3 for an even larger landing

5 5

Ultimate crash pad!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

There's nothing nicer than laying this pad over some harsh rocks that aren't flat. It's flexible and contours into difficult spots to offer protection. The thickness makes you feel secure from most any height you're willing to boulder from. I would rate this as a super durable pad and as a result has a little extra weight that's worth every ounce when you fall on it.

A little over-kill I know

A little over-kill I know

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The R3 is super comfortable to land on, I thought it was a little heavy but also seemed pretty durable. We ended up climbing with a guy who had it for the whole time we were there.

Just received in the mail

Just received in the mail

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Compared it to my Metolius Bailout crash pad. About 4 inches longer. It's a weird angle, but it is a bit wider. About an inch.
Seems really solid, yet plush. Letting it rest for the recommended 48 hours after beating and stomping on it for a bit. Can't wait to take it out!

5 5

Not too heavy

I got R3 from BC a couple of weeks ago and used it last weekend.
My impression is it's not too heavy even wrapping other small pad and ground sheet, etc. in it. Not sure they changed materials though.
It's very useful on uneven ground. That's the point.
I also have MadPad, they complement each other.

Not too heavy
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PLEASE, WHEN ARE WE GETTING THIS BACK IN...

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PLEASE, WHEN ARE WE GETTING THIS BACK IN THE STORE AGAIN???? HOPEFULLY REAL REAL SOON....

5 5

The Mac Daddy Pad of them All

Did a little research and found this pad to last longer compared to the normal foam crash pads and it typically had a bigger foot print than normal pads.

I have found it to meet my high quality standards and it feels great to land on. Its more of a high-ball crash pad than anything, but if you are slightly afraid of crashing too hard after a small fall, this is your pad.

A little expensive, but if you get it discounted with a 20% off coupon it isn't too bad for a good safety measure.

The one downside is that it is fairly heavy. I think I got the 27 lb version. Looks like the newer version is only 18 lbs which is more manageable than the older version, but should still do its job.

Oh, you will get plenty of people asking you about this pad when you go climbing. Very unique type of pad. Enjoy!

5 5

Love it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've only had the chance to climb with the r3 a few times but I love it. It can fit lots of gear in it when it is folded and it provides excellent padding.

5 5

Super Light and Cushy!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First thing I noticed about it is that it is WAY, WAY lighter than the previous version. I love that the backpack strap is actually sewn into the pad so it doesn't move as well.

When using it, people were super interested and had commented on the fact that it is "super comfortable" and "love it". The ground cover system actually helps a lot with keeping the pad clean and this feature was definately one of the cooler add-ons for the pad.

Upon getting home, I compared it to the previous pad and noticed it was definitely smaller in terms of area coverage, however I would have sacrificed coverage at the expense of the weight any day. I compared it to some of my friends organic pads and it was exactly the same size area wise.

Things I would change would be the two elastic bungie straps on the waste. I don't really have that wide of a waist so a lot of the times when I cinch up the waste band, the elastics get sucked up into the buckles. I just ended up cutting them off because they were annoying. I loved the feature that the triples could tag team and form a giant floor via velcro but not sure how feasible that is to include.

I love this pad. it's light, it fits all my stuff while I can go out, and it's big and cushy.

5 5

Mad Rock R3

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I absolutely love this crash pad!

I was a little skeptical about the weight when I ordered this, but my worries were unfounded. When it's empty, it won't slow you down at all.

When it's loaded, it's heavy, but the straps do a good gob of comfortably distributing the weight. The plus side is that it will hold a TON of stuff in it! (and keep it secure)
I loaded it with two ropes and all my equipment and hauled it in and out of Muir Valley at Red River Gorge (steep 30min hike).

The R3 is a little bit bigger than most pads in the same price range, and I appreciate having a larger target to hit when I'm falling off the wall. The foam does a very good job cushioning your falls, without being too stiff.

It packs away well too. It easily fits into the back seat or trunk.

All in all, the R3 is very well constructed, it's large, and it can comfortably haul all your gear. If you're in the market for a crash pad, I definitely recommend picking one up!

Mad Rock R3
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Holy Crap, is this photo at Grand Ledge just outside of Lancing MI?

4 5

Great for the price

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

With the backcountry 20% off coupon, this was a great deal, for a pad its size. It is very soft. I always arrange piles of crash pads so that this is the one I land on. But, like the other reviews said, this is a heavy crashpad. Its a great deal if you are on a budget, but if you know the weight is going to bother you then this isn't the pad for you.

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I got the pad today. Apparently, they have...

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I got the pad today. Apparently, they have been switching foam manufacturers and materials from time to time. The one I got is VERY HEAVY. I haven't had a chance to weight it -- my guess -- 45 + lb. It does have what looks to be an especially well designed harness for a crash pad. I guess you need a good harness to haul something SO heavy. Can someone recommend a good pad that is lighter than this? I

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